The modern pile:
- The Ten-Year Nap = a real snooze
- Olive Kitteridge had me going until a ridiculous, overly sentimental story midway through pulled me right out
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo did keep me turning pages, but in the end, I don't think it's superior to other books I've read in the genre.
- The Lacuna is what I'm currently on, and I'm past page 200 hoping it will get better. I read an NPR review today that echoed my feelings, and I'm pretty confident it won't improve. Back to the library!
- The Heights is the runaway winner of this category. Unpretentious and genuine.
- Crime and Punishment, much funnier than I thought it'd be
- Notes from Underground, dark and absurd
- One Hundred Years of Solitude = love, major love
- The Things They Carried, which I recognize is not "old," but somehow I was never assigned it in high school unlike 99% of students. Major love. Major "I wish I wrote some of these lines."